Upcycle ideas for the garden, including photos. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
Want unique, tough planters that don't look like everyone else's? Go to a brick supplier, get some clay chimney flue liners, and let the creativity flow.
They're generally less expensive than terra-cotta pots, ranging in price from $7 to $15. You can paint them, too. When you're ready to plant, fill the liners with gravel for drainage and that way, they won't crack when they freeze. Leave about eight inches open at the top to add potting soil. You can also set plastic pots on top of the flue liners. Later, you'll be able to bring the containers indoors.
Donna says, "To make my sunflower motif I cut stencils from card stock paper. I cut a circle for the flower center, another stencil for the petals and one for the leaves. I painted the stem free hand. I used a white sketch pencil to trace the patterns onto the spool’s core, and then painted the design freehand."
Kaycee Bassett came up with a clever way to solve her dilemma, "I didn't want to run to the store so I tried to think of something around the house I could use to make new plant markers. So this is what I came up with... clothes pins, made fancy with a Sharpie and nail polish - easy enough!"
Artist Nek Chand has spent decades secretly building the world's largest salvaged artwork. His awe-inspiring 40-acre garden is constructed entirely from household and industrial waste collected from the city of Chandigarh, India.
An inexpensive cardboard suitcase painted with some fun, bright colors and a little chalkboard paint. Perfect to store some out of season porch decor and greet guests at the same time - a lesson in form and function.
Who wouldn't like to find one of these? I may create one of my own . . . they are wonderful, aren't they?
The Philoxians are known to have painted over 500 milk cans over the years. Many of the cans were painted with farm motifs illustrating the type of farm or animals that were being raised. Other milk cans were painted with sunflowers, houses, or wildlife and woodland settings.
Many of these truly artistic treasures are now scatters across the county. Some have shown up at auctions, farmers markets, and flea markets for resale. Many still remain as treasured items with their original owners.